Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Specialist, Snell Library, Northeastern University
Dr. Oz The Good Life follows in the model of other Hearst publications, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Food Network Magazine, capitalizing on television name recognition with a ready-made readership. The magazine is published ten times per year with the stated goal to “offer you fresh takes on health, happiness, and living and loving fully.” It accomplishes this with advice and tips for better shopping, food preparation, lifestyle, exercise and inner life issues. But this is not the typical health magazine, as the articles also cover medical conditions ranging from frozen shoulder, eyesight (and the difference in vision between men and women), and headaches, to hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium. The information is presented with colorful illustrations and photos with articles of varying length and attention-catching titles, such as “The Day I Woke Up Frozen” or “Am I Hooked on That?” which looks at the “innocent, everyday stuff your body can get addicted to,” such as lip balm, eyedrops, etc. With the medical details and suggested therapies, the magazine does bear this cautionary note: “The information in this magazine is not intended as individualized medical advice. You should always consult with your own doctor about your medical condition.”
Dr. Oz is the Founding Editor and his name appears frequently throughout the magazine: Dr. Oz from the Heart, What Dr. Oz Learned from the Experts, Ask Dr. Oz Anything!, Dr. Oz’s Dinner Spinner, Eat Like Dr. Oz at an Italian Restaurant (keep away from the Fettucine Alfredo and pass on the fried calamari), and Dr. Oz’s RX, in this case, strategies for staying focused when there are distractions around you. The articles have the free-wheeling openness and accessibility similar to advice offered on his television show, with questions such as “Is there really a connection between Viagra and skin cancer?” The Inner Life department has the most appealing topics about embarrassment, the physiological effects and “a survival kit” on how to cope and move forward. An article about Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s reaction to “advice” about her weight included her response to one of the comments, “#@$& you! You go and have two babies!” But she also thought, “I want to feel better, and I want to be better at my job—and weight has become a distraction.” She developed a routine that dovetailed with her family and work responsibilities. Her 50 pound weight loss garnered interview questions, and “Then I realized that instead of ducking the conversation about my weight, I could redirect it. Eating right and maintaining a healthy weight are nearly universal struggles for Americans.” Dr. Oz The Good Life covers a broad range of life and lifestyle topics and is of interest to general adult readers as well as Dr. Oz fans.